Missouri Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# Lani 2011-10-10 14:03
How does vacation pay and involuntary severance pay figure in whether or not a person can collect unemployment benefits?
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# Kristen 2012-01-06 17:23
I have been employed since Aug 29, 2011 and am getting laid off next week. Since all of my earning are from the past three months I will have $0 earned in my base period.

The prior 18 months I was living abroad. Prior to that I have been employeed in the US non-stop since 2000.

Does the state ever make exceptions seeing as I've paid plenty in benefits in the past, just not the base period?
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# Stephanie 2013-05-31 17:50
How long do I need to work to qualify for unemployment? I work security in the suto industry and just found out we will all be layed off for the whole month of July. We are layed off a lot other than just this coming July. I started working here in January 2013
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